One of the things that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees did was pay lip service to the prophets. They even built tombs to honor them, basically saying, “We really respect these guys. If it had been us, we would never have treated them as our forefathers did.”
But then came THE Prophet. Not only a prophet, but the Messiah that they had been waiting for all their lives. And they rejected him. More, they wanted to kill him and his followers.
These actions proved what was truly in their hearts. For if they truly had believed the prophets and honored them, they would have believed in and honored Jesus. But they didn’t. Instead, they began to “oppose him fiercely.”
In doing so, they took away the key to true knowledge. And though they thought they would be accepted into God’s kingdom, Jesus said they would be turned away. Worse, their rejection of Christ would hinder people from coming to Him because so many people mistakenly thought they knew the way to God.
How about you? Do you claim to honor God? Do your actions back up your words? Or by your actions do you prove that you don’t truly honor Christ? Do they prove that you in fact have rejected him.
It’s not enough to say the right things. You need to live it.
Where is your heart today?